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Fall Hikes

Happy Fall!

Fall is our favorite season to hike. The weather is great (rain included), the colors are beautiful, and there are no mosquitoes!

We made a list of some of our favorite fall hikes. If you click on the links they will take you to the post and give you more detail and directions.

Hoyt Arboretum: This hike is all about the fall colors! With all the different trees you definitely get quite the show. 

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden: This is a great option for families. Lots of ducks that will entertain kids and nice well maintained trails. It’s also free during the off season which is Labor Day through February!

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Milo McIver State Park: All the different trail options on this hike are nice because you can get back to your car relatively quickly if it starts raining too hard.

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Angels Rest: We love hiking up to Angels Rest in the Fall. It’s a fairly steep hike so the cooler weather makes in a little easier. It’s also much less crowded!

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Rooster Rock Loop: Another great option for fall colors. Plus with gloomier weather we were able to see a Pygmy Owl!

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Beacon Rock: We have been to Beacon Rock many times but last year we decided to try it out on a foggy day. It was actually pretty fun! The fog gave the trail a slightly spooky vibe and there were barely any people.

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Silver Falls State Park: Fall colors are the only thing that can make a trail with 10 waterfalls even better!

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Pup Creek Falls: This hike should be done in mild weather.

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards: Fall apple picking!

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 Have fun hiking in the wonderful fall weather!

Angels Rest (Winter)

If you take the Bridal Veil exit on I-84 East, the trailhead is located where that road meets the old highway, you can’t miss it.

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90% of the go-trip is uphill which makes the return trip quite easy. Like most trails in the Gorge it’s pretty rocky and can be muddy depending on what season you’re in. It also crosses a number of rockslides. Not too long after the first major rockslide area you’ll come to Coopey Falls.

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The trail winds uphill through the forest and over a creek. Eventually you will turn a corner and Angels Rest will be looming in the distance. Here is about where the switchbacks start. The switchbacks take you to a shale rockslide area with great views of the Gorge to the West. After the shale there are a few more switchbacks and you’ll hit a T-junction. Heading right will take you to Multnomah Falls; heading left will take you up a short scramble to Angels Rest.

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Angels Rest is a large, exposed area at the top of a ridge, with panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. On a clear day you can see the Portland Airport. Many people have been injured and have died after falling, so please be careful.

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This is an out-and-back hike so head back the way you came.

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Distance: 4.6 miles

Elevation: 1.450 feet

Difficulty: Hard

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: May not be a good idea for young kids and older folks.

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Really great views of the Gorge!